Big prizes for lit­tle writ­ers

Stanthorpe Border Post - - NEWS -

LEARN­ING to read and write are im­por­tant skills for any Prep–Year 2 class and for Wal­lan­garra State School, this learn­ing led to the school win­ning $1000 of books.

The class came third in the RACQ writ­ing com­pe­ti­tion which was part of the Premier’s Read­ing Chal­lenge.

Stu­dents were re­quired to write a story about a RACQ char­ac­ter, such as Tony the Tow Truck driver, which showed cre­ative writ­ing skills in an age-ap­pro­pri­ate way.

Class teacher Rachael Walker said it was the per­fect way for stu­dents to have fun while learn­ing.

“Teach­ers like my­self ac­tu­ally look for these op­por­tu­ni­ties for the ad­van­tage for the kids, so we use it for learn­ing and we learnt through it,” Mrs Walker said.

“At the same time they might win a prize and that’s mo­ti­va­tion in it­self.

“We got learn­ing from this com­pe­ti­tion as much as we used learn­ing to try and win the com­pe­ti­tion.”

The stu­dents went through a short-list­ing process, with help from the prin­ci­pal, be­fore draw­ing il­lus­tra­tions to go along­side the top five sto­ries.

“Our ac­tual writ­ing process went from think­ing of ideas, to writ­ing, to edit­ing, (short-list­ing) just kind of added an ex­tra step that you could ex­plain to the

Lit­er­acy is high on our agenda, it’s hit­ting the mark for ex­actly where you want your dol­lars spent in a school.

— Teacher Rachael Walker

kids,” Mrs Walker said.

She said the big­gest high­light was how the prize would ben­e­fit the whole 78-stu­dent school.

“It does equate to more than what we do nor­mally in our spend­ing on books, it’s amaz­ing re­ally.

“I use them in class but they will be­come li­brary books so the kids will have free reign of bor­row­ing them.

“Lit­er­acy is high on our agenda, it’s hit­ting the mark for ex­actly where you want your dol­lars spent in a school. It will just pro­mote their learn­ing in a very im­por­tant area.”

The class is en­tered into one other writ­ing con­test.

The sto­ries and il­lus­tra­tions are on dis­play at RACQ, Stan­thorpe.

PHOTO: LIANA WALKER

YOUNG WRIT­ERS: (back, from left) Ry­der Waugh, teacher Rachael Walker, Beau Spring­borg. (front) Bri­ana Leonard, Han­nah God­frey and Lu­cas Ho.

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